Today is Equality Texas Lobby Day, and our own Anna Waugh, who’s at the Capitol, will be filing her report soon. But for those who were unable to make it to Austin today, Equality Texas suggests participating in Virtual Lobby Day by sending lawmakers’ messages in support of pro-LGBT legislation:
This past Friday was the deadline for the filing of proposed legislation in the Texas House. The good news is Equality Texas has over two dozen pro-equality bills filed, including five first-time-ever bills in the Texas Senate.
The Equality Poll 2013, which was released last week by The Equality Texas Foundation, clearly shows that our vision of a state of equality for all Texans is, indeed, a mainstream value shared by the vast majority of Texans. Texas voters now support all eleven rights issues that pertain to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
Among the two dozen pieces of legislation are employment nondiscrimination, repeal of the marriage ban, removal of the unconstitutional sodomy law from the penal code and insurance nondiscrimination. Several bills relate specifically to the transgender community, including adding gender identity to the hate crime law and another relating to name change and vital statistics.
Messages can be sent to legislators through the Equality Texas website that will direct messages by zip code.